Adapted from a novel by English author Daniel Clay, BROKEN is the directorial debut of British filmmaker Rufus Norris. It stars Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear, Robert Emms, and introduces Eloise Laurence.
The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2012, and received the Golden Eye Award for best international film on the Zurich Film Festival. It leads this year’s British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) with nine nominations.
Eleven year old diabetic Skunk (Laurence) lives with her father Archie (Roth), her elder brother and au-pair Kasia (Zana Marjanovic) in a typical British suburb. She has few friends. One among them is Rick (Robert Emms), a strange young man living with his parents in the neighborhood. Skunk is shocked, when Rick gets beaten up by Mr Oswald (Kinnear), another neighbour - one of Mr Oswald’s daughters accused Rick of rape. From now on Skunk’s life goes south. Kasia splits up with her boyfriend Mike (Murphy), who is also Skunk’s favorite teacher. Rick is put into a closed ward as he isolated himself more and more. Mr Oswald’s daughters start bullying her, when new term starts. And Skunk’s first boyfriend suddenly has to move to his aunt something he didn’t dare telling her until the day before. Skunk secretly visits Rick, when he spends his first weekend at home again. When she enters the house, Rick has pushed his mother down the stairs which broke her neck and knocked out his father. Rick takes Skunk hostage and does not realise when Skunk - deprived of her medical supply - falls into a hyperglycemic shock. Mr Oswald of all people finds Skunk and rescues her. In a dream sequence Skunk bids farewell to all persons of her childhood. She wakes up in a hospital bed, her father at her bedside.
- via Empire